Fundamentals of Illustrator I: The First Steps to Becoming a Pro Illustrator

Brad Woodard, Illustrator + Graphic Designer

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7 Videos (1h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Create a custom workspace

    • 3. Document Setup

    • 4. Navigation

    • 5. Workspaces

    • 6. Basic Tools

    • 7. Saving

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About This Class

Adobe Illustrator is an incredible design application, one that has limitless potential for translating your creativity into beautiful graphic formats. The sheer amount of tools and effects can be daunting, however, leaving beginners intimidated and confused without a starting point. This class will not only provide a foundation for working with Illustrator, it will get you started on the path to harnessing the application's power!

This class, which is the first of a four part series on the Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator, will provide in-depth insrtuction and understanding into the tools in Illustrator.

Be sure to enroll in my complete Fundamentals of Illustrator Series: Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator II: Paths, Shapes & Type, Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator III: Working with Color, Fills & Strokes, and Fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator IV: Appearance, Layers, Images & Symbols.

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I learned a few useful bits of information and tricks from this class. However, as a complete beginner to Illustrator, I didn't find the material organized in a logical way. The instructor spent a long time talking about uses of Illustrator and why we should learn it--I already know that, that's why I'm taking the class. As a beginner, I don't need to know how to set up a workspace as the first thing I do--I don't even know what a quarter of the tools do! The lesson on saving files and embedding fonts and things was just too much for me at the level I'm at. I liked the lesson on basic tools and I will stick with the rest of this series, but I think this class would be more helpful if you already have a basic understanding of Illustrator and are wanting to use it for specific projects.
Great review of Illustrator - thanks!
Very simple and fun learning. He speaks clear and to the point. I love each lesson so far and I look forward to his future classes. 10/10





Brad Woodard

Illustrator + Graphic Designer


I am a graphic designer and illustrator raised in the Great Northwest, now living in Boise, Idaho with my wife and two little kids. After graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I started my career as an information designer and illustrator at Column Five Media. The digital illustration courses I took in college paid off, as I found that more and more clients were requesting illustration work in their designs. Merging both skills together I have been able attract all ty...

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